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    1960 Rome Olympic Games, Olympic torch journey, and Pope blesses the games

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    Close pan from Olympic torch being held aloft, to the man holding it. Various shots of jogger running with the Olympic torch, and passing it to the next runner, who runs on, and passes it to the next man. More shots of runner with torch, cheered on by children waving flags. Various shots of athletes relaxing, by playing draughts, chatting, and getting their hair cut. Various close ups of athletes shopping, and signing autographs, and being interviewed in what looks like the press room. Various shots of the nurses who treat the athletes, getting out of a car, chatting, and treating their patients. Athletes receive massage, dental check up, and examinations.
    Mid shot of St Peters Square, Vatican, with teams of athletes crowded into it. Various close ups of athletes, wearing national blazers, queuing in the square to see Pope John XXIII, and receive his blessing for the games. Wide shot of crowd in square, and men waiting on scooters. Pope John XXIII arrives, waves to the crowd, and sits on a throne. Wide angle of throne, with elaborate awning, which sits atop the steps of St Peter's Basilica. Athletes queue to see the Pope, as huge crowds watch on. Cameramen watch on as the Pope greets various people, then wide angle of the Pope rising from his throne and heading down the steps. Close up of crowd, holding various banners and signs, and various shots of the Pope as he walks through the crowd, waving as he goes.
    Dramatic driving shots, through Rome at dusk, past crowds and flags flying. Mid shot of jogger arriving into an elaborate night time ceremony in Palazzo Senatorio, running with the Olympic torch aloft. Runner runs up steps decorated with flags of the world, and holds the torch aloft as he reaches the balcony at the top. Wide angle of the Eternal Flame being lit.
    Aerial views, from helicopter, of Palazzo Senatorio in Rome, and close up of Olympic torch being lit from the Eternal flame. Spectator films events with camera as runner runs down steps with torch, and past crowds out of the square.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:12:45 / 10:18:23

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